Hi, and thanks for dropping by.
My latest book (out in May 2015) is called POPPY IN THE FIELD and continues the story of Poppy, who was a volunteer nurse in the Great War, 1914-18. I’m really pleased I decided to write about Poppy’s life because there are quite a few books out there about military life and soldiers fighting in the trenches, but not so many about the girls and women who went out to nurse the terribly-injured casualties.
All the incidents in POPPY and POPPY IN THE FIELD are taken from real-life
letters, records and diaries of the time.
You can read the second book (published by Bloomsbury) without having
read the first, but if you want to know about the love affair which all went
wrong and the reason our girl decided to volunteer overseas, then do read
POPPY first. It had some super reviews (look on Amazon) and – I’m very happy
to say – was shortlisted for the Berkshire Book Award.
RING OF ROSES, a book published by Barrington Stoke, came out a few months
back and is a companion book to AT THE SIGN OF THE SUGARED PLUM, about
the Great Plague in 1665. I chose to write RING OF ROSES from the point of
view of Hannah’s best friend, Abby, and though it’s shorter than my other
books, there’s a lot going on in it. Handy hint: have a box of tissues handy
when you near the end! It has a beautiful cover and lovely end papers;
do look out for it.
I’ve just finished another short book for Barrington Stoke
(working title: GEORGE AND GINA – though this may change)
and this will be out later in 1915. It’s another historical book,
set in the Victorian era, and is about Gina, who’s fed up with
boys having it all their own way and tries to change things.
You can write to me via this website if you want to ask me
anything. I promise to write back!
And now I’m going to carry on writing my next book…
P.S. Thrilled to say that I've just heard that POPPY has been
shortlisted for the Historical Association's Young Quill's Award.
Love from Mary Hooper xxxx